Rainbow-brighten up your hair for summer!By Sj.Cliff
Unnaturally coloured hair didn’t use to be something you saw every day. Unless you were a 90’s/00’s scene kid like me.
However, since early last year, colouring you hair has been gaining popularity. After being seen on the catwalk, candy pink mane's have been paving the way for other cute pastel shades that 90’s fashion would have laughed at.
Celebs have been adding to the craze. Kylie Jenner rocked up to Coachella sporting an awesome teal (my current favourite).
-via Instagram @kyliejenner
It’s almost the end of the uni year, festival season is coming up and you’re probably going away on holiday – so now is a perfect time to dip your toes into the rainbow-dye world.
I’ve been dying my hair an assortment of colours for 10 years now, which not only makes me sound old as hell but makes me think I sort of know a little bit about colouring. From purple fringes to green blob disasters, I’ve come pretty close to seeing it all.
With that in mind, here are a few helpful hints to help you get the most out of your multicoloured locks:
Up-keeping jazzy colours is a lot of hard work and really takes its toll on your hair. So, before you begin – Are you really ready to commit to the upkeep? If the answer’s yes then you’d better stock up on colour care shampoos, conditioners, serums – the works.
To bleach or not to bleach:
Unnatural colours always come out better on bleached hair. Not only will the colour be more vivid but the lack of pigment in your hair after bleaching fights fade. That applies to a whole head colour of even cheeky little streaks.
Prepare your area:
Colouring you hair is always a messy business, but unnatural colours are a little more noticeable in the bath/shower. Put down plenty of towels and make sure that when handling your colourant you have gloves on – Barney the dinosaur hands aren’t sexy.
With most brands, the packaging will tell you to wash your hair with a PH neutral shampoo (there are SO many available in Boots for cheaps) and towel dry. It’s super important that you give your hair a good towelling as water and dye really don’t mix and it will defiantly leave your new colour patchy and faded before you’ve even dried it.
Apply with care:
Particularly with blue-toned colours (teal, purple, navy), there is a serious risk of skin staining. I mean, you aren’t going to explode but if you get it on your naked skin you’ll have stupid blue patches. Before you apply your colour, give your forehead, ears and neck a good coating of Vaseline. Sure, it’s greasy but it’ll form a nice little barrier between you and rookie dye stains.
Aftercare is key:
Rainbows don’t last forever and neither does the dye – sadly. That means that you need to pay a little more attention to your hair. Special shampoos to preserve colour and nurture your hair are readily available, but my personal favourite brand is Bleach.
If you have chosen to lighten your hair before taking the plunge, I’d advise you not to wash your hair as often as you would usually. Bleach strips the hair of natural oils, causing it to be more brittle/fragile and constantly washing them away will leave you with a 'do' that resembles a hay bale. A good dry shampoo for those in between wash days will keep you looking clean and smelling fresh.
All great things have to come to an end. If you aren’t fancying technicolour hair any more then you don’t have to reach straight for the brown hair dye.
As well as products that improve your colours longevity, Bleach also sells a neat little wash out shampoo to help colours fade quicker. If you’d rather something cheaper, any anti-dandruff one will do.
Highly blue and red pigmented colours are a little more stubborn. For these, you may have to stump up the £10 (average) for a hair colour remover. Colour B4 make a range of different correctors, depending on what you’ve done to your hair, so make sure you choose one that will work for your tone/depth of colour.
They’re far better than using a blonde dye to lighten colours as they don’t contain any bleach, keeping your hair in way better nick.